Messy Maths

A playful, outdoor approach for early years

Author: Juliet Robertson

Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1781352933

Category: Education

Page: 252

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In Messy Maths: A Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years, Juliet Robertson offers a rich resource of ideas that will inspire you to tap into the endless supply of patterns, textures, colours and quantities of the outdoors and deepen children’s understanding of maths through hands-on experience. Juliet believes being outside makes maths real. In the classroom environment, maths can seem disconnected from everyday reality – but real maths is really messy. Lots of outdoor play and engaging activity along the way is a must, as being outside enables connections to be made between the hands, heart and head, and lays the foundations for more complex work as children grow, develop and learn. Following on from the success of Dirty Teaching (ISBN 978-178135107-9), Messy Maths reimagines the outdoor space through a mathematical lens – providing a treasure trove of suggestions that will empower you to blend outdoor learning into your teaching practice. It is not a ‘how to’ guide, but rather an easy-to-use reference book replete with ready-to-use games and open-ended ideas designed to help children become confident and skilled in thinking about, using and exploring abstract mathematical concepts as they play outside. Many of these ideas and activities are also beautifully displayed in full-colour photographs throughout the book, making it even easier to jump straight into outstanding outdoor learning opportunities. Topics covered include: general advice; exploring numbers; number functions and fractions; money; measurement; time; pattern; shape and symmetry; position, direction and movement; data handling; routines; and the mathematical garden. Each chapter features a section on topic-specific vocabulary and expressions to help you integrate terminology into each area of study, while suggestions for embedding maths into routines are also provided to assist in the development of creative, progressive and flexible approaches to everyday situations. Messy Maths is suitable for early years educators (of ages 3–6) who want to shake up their usual classroom practice and make the most of any outdoor space – whether this be a nursery, playgroup, child-minder’s back garden or a nature kindergarten – as a context for maths.
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Playing and Learning Outdoors

Making Provision for High Quality Experiences in the Outdoor Environment with Children 3-7

Author: Jan White

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429890745

Category: Education

Page: 248

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Playing and Learning Outdoors shows early years practitioners how to get the very best from outdoor play and learning for the enjoyment, health and education of young children up to age seven. Fully updated to reflect the current status and understandings regarding outdoor provision within early childhood education frameworks across the UK, this new edition facilitates the development of rich and stimulating outdoor play provision in any early years setting. Through making best use of the special nature of being outside, practitioners will feel confident in offering wonderful play experiences for all children. Playing and Learning Outdoors offers achievable advice and support, aligned with research-based approaches that are appropriate and effective for young children’s all-round wellbeing and development. This invaluable resource gives sound practical guidance for providing: play with water, sand and other natural materials; experiences with plants, growing and living things; movement and physical play; construction, imaginative and creative play; explorations into the locality and community just beyond your garden. The full colour third edition of Playing and Learning Outdoors has become the essential practical guide to excellence in outdoor provision and pedagogy for all early years services. This lively, inspiring and accessible book will help every educator to develop a truly successful and satisfying approach to learning through play outdoors for every child.
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Child Centred Planning in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Author: Jo McEvoy,Samantha McMahon

Publisher: Learning Matters

ISBN: 1526482606

Category: Education

Page: 184

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Planning for learning in the EYFS is not a simple task. Planning can be daunting, time consuming and ineffective. It is easy to fall into the trap of planning for activities and topics, rather than planning for learning. Be better, more confident and effective at planning for learning in the EYFS with this book. *Explore the wider context of children's learning *Make professional, informed decisions to support all children *Use statutory and non-statutory guidance appropriately *Be responsive to children's individual needs *Capitalize on learning opportunities as they arise *Be an advocate for child-centred planning
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